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and pam. >>> we do begin with breaking news at a fire. ktvu channel 2 reporter janine de la vega joins us now from the scene. janine de la vega is down there at the scene. we will check in with her in a moment. >>> meantime oakland police are searching for the person who abandoned a stolen truck caught fire causing a nearby fire to also go up in flames. and ktvu channel 2 reporter lorraine blanco is there with more information on who was injured and video of the huge flames. lorraine. >> reporter: good morning. investigators are looking for the person who started that fire and they are also looking for the person who stole that vehicle. you can see behind me the amount of wreckage left here this morning. we also notice there are security cameras out here. police will be checking that out. firefighters arrived just after midnight to find the car fully engulfed. they called it two alarms just after 1:00 a.m. here. there was one person inside the building during that fire. >> it was a security guard that was inside. our crews brought hem out. he was treated for smoke inhalation and transport
reporter janine de la vega is there and is setting up and will bring you live pictures as soon as we get them. >>> crews are shoring up levees as more rain approaches. a tie after it -- a day after it flooded the area and forced mandatory evacuation for several homes. they are looking to build a project that is permanent to help the area but that is not until next fall. of course the ground is already saturated and today's rain may be too much to handle. it toppled dozens of trees and this video shows a huge tree that fell on sunday. reservoir are full and excess may spillover dams and cause mudslides. speaking of mudslides, part of pinehurst road was blocked by a mudslide. crews spend the day cleaning up the road as well. >>> it may bring part of a white christmasment we have an accident with more than 20 cars which shut down a two-mile stretch of i-40 and icy conditions are to blame for the crashes. >> ice is tough, if you completely don't have any friction to land that is a real problem. >> thunderstorms and tornadoes are a problem. freezing rain sleet and snow is expected but a blizz
to show to police if they pull to you over. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> -- if they pull you over janine de la vega ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> we have an accident 580 westbound and it apparently has gotten worse and needs to be fixed right away. do expect construction crews out there today. right now we are looking at the bay point pittsburgh area and it is looking good as you make your way towards concord. highway 24 this is at the 680 split, traffic is looking good in all directions here. 237, this is near milpitas, and a you make the drive towards sunny veil, no delays, let's check in with mark. >>> we are checking in and we are trying to track all those fast moving rain showers. there is a little activity up towards cape mendocino and there is a chance of a few sprinkles up towards mendocino county. we have a few clouds in napa, san jose 42 and upper 40s at 48. this morning mostly cloudy skies, upper 40s this afternoon, partly cloudy skies in the low-to-mid 50s. we'll see a big batch of clouds and we have a dry weather forecast for your thur
. >>> police reported a jump in burglaries over the past month. janine de la vega is in morgan hill with the specific area which has been targeted, jeanine? >> reporter: they call it the green leaf neighborhood in east dunn. we saw a patrol car in the past hour driving through this neighborhood and burglars are hitting this area in the daytime and night time hours and police say there have been reports of 23 burglaries here. eight homes have been broken into, and they have hit 15 cars parked in the neighborhood during the night. thieves are smashing car windows and crabbing what they can. the recent spike is making them take precaution. >> make sure their doors are locked and i take them with me and my truck and when i get home i take them out of my truck and i know there is nobody breaking into cars. >> reporter: that gentleman said he worked out of his car all day and that's why he feels safe taking his valuables with him. and investigators say nobody has been caught for any of these crimes and at this point they do not know if any of the crimes are related. janine de la vega ktvu
, a powerful storm caused the creek to overflow forcing people to leave their homes. janine de la vega joins us live from palo alto with the very latest, jeanine? >> reporter: well we are right near the border where you can see the san francisco creek and in the last hour, the water has receded and i just checked, it is at 9 feet and you couldn't even see that tree branch but the water was at 15.9 feet. this is video of where i was standing and you can see how high water came. it crested on woodland and is over the entrance of the four seasons hotel. police were escorting people away from the floodwaters and residents were monitoring the flood levels and had sandbags to protect their homes. even though there is no massive damage they are worried about flooding where the river bends. >> we have areas where the water has undermind the levee itself and continues to undermind the levee. >> reporter: this is what the southbound lanes looked like north of embarcadero. the creek was literally flooding the freeway and chp was helping most wrists -- motorists far gate. -- navigate. an emergency shelter
in san jose. police are investigating a fatal stabbing. ktvu janine de la vega is on the scene and tells us what police say they have led up to the violence. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. in the last half hour homicide investigators arrived here on the scene. right now they are on the backside of the building. starting to collect evidence. what we do know is that the stabbing happened while a party was going on at one of the businesses that you see right there. it's called the agency. just after 3:00 this morning police were called to the photography business on oakland road. officers say a party with about 30 minute was going when a fight broke out and a man got somebodied in his stomach. he was rushed to the hospital where he died shortly there after. >> we got several witnesses that are taking the police officer. >> musers says that were sever witness that left the scene while they arrived. one guest told us it was a graduation party. officers say the man who died was in his 30s. his identity is not been released yet. officers when we spoke with them, they wer
of the year. it happened at an apartment complex on lewis road off monterey highway and janine de la vega joins us from the scene. janine, we understand police may no who may be responsible -- may know who may be responsible. >> reporter: that's right. they have two adult males detained and they are questioning them and treating them as persons of interests. homicide detectives are here at the sulker breeze apartments. all of the activities seem to be centered around a parking garage. just before 9:30 this morning, they received a 911 call that a man with a gun was at the -- on the grounds. when police arrived, they found a manner in a car shot. paramedics tried to revive him. but he died on the scene. after talking to a couple of witnesses they've determined some sort of confrontation occurred with the victim and two other men. >> what happened exactly, we don't know. we're in the very early stages of the investigation. we do have a couple of people detained and we have the weapon involved in custody. >> reporter: there were surveillance cameras inside the garage. police are working to l
stadium is being marked with a special ceremony. ktvu's janine de la vega joins us live to explains the signature of the structural steel landmark. good afternoon, janine. >> reporter: right behind me you can see what this $1.2 billion stadium looks like. it's pretty massive. in four months, look how much progress has been made. today, the last two beams at the very top of the stadium will be put in. let's take a live look from a camera that gives you sort of a different angle from the stadium where you can see what the -- what the structure really looks like, all of the cranes and the construction equipment inside there. now, in about two and a half hours, a ceremony will be held here to celebrate a construction milestone. this is one of the two beams that's been painted gold and will be hoisted up 200 feet in the air and placed at the very highest point of the stadium. once the beams are put into place, the entire framework will be complete. construction workers began this process in july, lifting 50 pieces of steel every day. today, the 49ers' management, players, staff, city off
particular part of the city. janine de la vega joins us live to explain where that is and exactly what police are doing right now. janine? >> reporter: tori, we just saw police and patrol cars here in the area. those investigators are tracking down leads. they are trying to find the people who are burglarizing homes and cars in this green leaf neighborhood off east dunn avenue. many of the people who live in these homes behind nordstrom elementary school are in the holiday spirit, but there's been some grinches stealing that way away from homeowners. a week ago, someone broke into this woman's home. >> it was disturbing coming in knowing that they had been in. that's why i have not slept good. >> reporter: thieves took electronics and valuables. then her neighbor's car was i had. police say there have been 23 burglaries in the area. 15 cars have been broken into. in some instance, the windows have been smashed. >> some are knocking on the front door to see if anybody is home and they will go around looking for doors and windows left unlocked. >> reporter: police say they different -- they thi
south white and story roads. ktvu's janine de la vega has exclusive video about what was found inside and how neighbors are responding. >> reporter: police walked out of this home with boxes of evidence early this morning. officers were originally called here at around 3:00 when a neighbor thought the house was being burglarized after seeing the garage door open and people loading up cars with pro property. instead, this is what police found. we were allowed inside and obtained exclusive video of the harvested plants. in all,00 were discovered -- 300 were discovered. >> they had a ventilation system, a light system, beyond anything i've seen in my experience. a water filtration system. >> reporter: police say when they arrived, no one was home and the front door was opened. investigators determined no ones lived here because the house was professionally modified to grow marijuana. chemical jugs were found in the bathroom. one officer started to feel fill. firefighters were called in. they determined it was fertilizer. neighbors were stunned. >> we have a 5-week-old and to have this ac
for nearly 5700 children are being passed out in san jose. ktvu's janine de la vega is live at sacred heart community service with parents who have been standing in line braving the cold waiting for the special moment. >> reporter: i here -- we are here in the toy room. parent, are being cycled in here every half-hour. we've seen a lot of smiles because parents feel a weight has been lifted off their choice. ♪ jingle bells, jingle bells >> reporter: it's a festive atmosphere. these volunteers are acting as santa's elfs and taking parents in the toy room. some of these parents are unemployed. others work but are on a tight budget. joanne and her husband waited overnight so they could be among the first to see if they could pick gifts. >> i want to pick the right toy for her and want her to be happy. i'm excited and feel like a kid in that -- in a store. >> reporter: to make it easier on the parents, toys were sectioned off. it was an overwhelming task for some who were used to worrying about price tags. >> it's a luxury for many families. weigh to make sure we -- we want to make sure we br
coverage for you. right now, meteorologist, roark, is stacking the track. janine de la vega is out at the airport. we begin with lorraine blanco. it's crazy windy out there. >> reporter: my hair is a huge mess. it's not raining anymore. but there is a high wind advisory in effect right now on the richmond san rafael bridge. this wild weather caused all kinds of problems for people here in the north bay. >> reporter: the damage looks bad but it could be worse. this massive 100-foot tree crashed into an inverness carport. this woman got the square of her life. >> i was standing underneath is over here. i feel grateful we are okay and alive. >> reporter: wild weather slammed the north bay. in petaluma, a power pole on g street could not stand up to heavy winds. the wet weather also makes it difficult for those who -- who have to drive and deliver all day. >> it's killing us. it has to be done. customers have to get to our boxes and people have to have their christmas presents. >> it's kind of annoying but it's okay, you know. it's not the worst problem in the world. >> reporter: mike,
could be felt in our creaks and levees. janine de la vega is live with more on some of the flooding concerns and damage after the storm, jeanine? >> reporter: well, brian, we are standing next to the valley near san fernando creek. the water came in rushing into this neighborhood and it ended up flooding here and at this hour representatives from the state are surveying this and they are trying to come up with a quick fix before the next storm hits. >> reporter: they are clearing away debris brought in from the floodwaters from the storm. >>> we have a lot of trees going down and a lot of garage. >> reporter: city and county officials say the banks are not high enough to contain the water when there is heavy rain. last night's storm brought in the highest flow rate since the city first started measuring in 1930. >> it is not in good shape and rebuild the whole levee system and in this particular location they can build flood walls for up to 100 years of flood protection. >> reporter: they know a fix is needed and today they surveyed boils along the levee. it is so saturated along th
on catching drunk driver, janine de la vega joins us to talk about new legislation introduced targeting offenders and the enforcement happening later today. >> reporter: tara tonight deputies will be here doing a dui checkpoint, that is one tool they have enforcic the law. this morning something new is proposeed to stop impaired drivers. amy knows first hand what is it like getting stopped and issued a dui. >> the consequences are horrible, you have to take classes, do community service, i had to take a quarter off school just to do all this stuff, so it prolonged my graduation. >> but not every driver learns from past experience, that is why local law enforcement stood by the senator today in support of a new bill, it targets repeat dui offenders. >> we have tried increasing fines and revoking licenses to detore chronic offenders but we need to do more. >> it requires drivers convicted of a second offense to put a alcohol detection device in their car that will not allow the car to start if that happens and other states have been successful. >> according to data collected through new m
to figure out what caused that crash. >>> well from party buses to texting and driving, janine de la vega is live in san jose with what drivers need to know, janine de la vega? >> reporter: right now you can't text and drive but starting january 1st, you can legally sent and receive text if you use a hands free device and you can do that by using a blue tooth. another law that does into effect, it involves party lines and they will be held responsible to tell all teenagers that drinking is illegal. a person who is 25 years old must be on board to make sure they don't drink and that was in response to young adults drinking on party buses. the most recent involved a young woman who was killed on highway 17 when she fell out of a party bus where there was drinking involved. >> you can't rent a car under 25, why should you be allowed to be partying in a bus under 25. however we feel about the age, 21 is the age and there should be somebody older than that to kind of keep an eye on things. >> that will be a point news of certain cars which is ab25. and that allows, cars with clean air stickers
friday. ktvu janine de la vega has a look at the sketch police hope will lead them to an arrest. janine. >> reporter: pam, th morning police are combing through evidence they found in this mansion. they will not tell us how the homeowner was killed but they did release a sketch of the suspect. he is described as white or latino between 23-24 years old. he's around six feet tall and described as being skinny with black hair and dark eyes. this man and several others broke into this home early friday morning. when officers arrived, they found the house was ransacked and the body of 66koomra. his wife was beaten but did not have any serious injuries. he is the former owner of the historic winery. it's unknown if this couple was targeted or if this was a random home invasion robbery. police want anyone who might have information about the victim or if you recognize the man in the police sketch to give police a call. reporting live janine de la vega ktvu channel 2 news. >>> people on both sides of the same sex marriage issue will be closely watching the supreme court this morning. just about
. janine de la vega is at the scene. she's been there since 4:30. so i know you just talked to someone who may have known this person. what do you know? >> reporter: well, i'm told by relatives that a man who lives here in this apartment complex believes that the body discovered here was his son. now the coroner has yet to confirm the sex or identity of the victim but at 1:15 this morning residents of this apartment complex near hamillton called 911 because they saw smoke coming from the storage unit from the carport in the back of the complex. they found and attached storage unit on fire. they quickly extinguished it and found a body inside. along with it there were miscellaneous items and alcohol. they came to the scene to gather evidence. at this point they are not calling this a homicide. the cause of the fire and death are undetermined. >> at this point we are still looking into the the details that led up to this. we are working side by side with the county investigators. >> reporter: we saw the people hugging. two of them told us they believe they knew the person that was dead. poli
. janine de la vega is in san jose and tells us the red cross is helping others that were displaced by this fire. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. i'll get to those numbers in a minute. we did get an update. people who lived in this apartment complex are in mourning. the couple who lived here were long-time residents. you can see the apartment is destroyed and completely boarded up because of all the smoke damage. this fire broke out late saturday night in the second story apartment on bridge port court. the latest numbers we got from the red cross is that 73 people were effected by the fire because of the smoke and water damage and electricity is out in the entire building. 56-year-old man and his wife and granddaughter died in the apartment before firefighters could reach them. the red cross is assisting the residents that have been displaced. >> a lot of the people had relatives they could go with. en there are some that didn't know people in the immediate area. when the red cross comes in we shelter them and feed them. >> reporter: families came back to the apartments to
the sacramento breeze it's like -- sacramento bee it's likely a significant amount. >>> janine de la vega is live for us in cupertino this morning. one of the places where a dui crack down starts today. >> reporter: that is right. starting tonight sheriffs deputies will be conducting a dui check point at an undisclosed intersection. which along here on stevens creek boulevard. that is one of many happening throughout the bay area tonight and through the weekend. the california highway patrol is already out checking for people celebrating the new years holiday a little too much and in fro mont police operated at dui check point last night and early into this morning. today state senator jerry hill will introduce a bill he hopes will cut down on drunk driving. he will require drunk drivers to install a blood alcohol test in their cars after their second dui conviction. people reacted to the new bill. >> it's good to weigh out all the options. this is obviously something that could benefit. i'm all for it. as long as our liberties are not too over reaching. >> reporter: the device prevents the cars
involving a baby, a building and a pickup truck. ktvu channel 2 news' janine de la vega has more on this story, janeane? >> reporter: police tell me he was driving drunk and you can see the damage in the front of the that truck. we are told the driver crashed into the apartment complex that you see across the street. the driver was driving eastbound on taylor when he crashed into the apartment complex. half of the truck crashed into the bedroom where a two-year- old girl was sleeping in a crib. he tried to back out and tried to escape and in the meantime the people were frantically searching for their little girl. we are told the girl was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. witnesses say the driver tried to drive away but his truck broke down and that's when authorities got to the scene and arrested him. he is eye didn't paid to as joseph austin and he was arrested for driving under the influence. residents here are shaken up, two adults and two children live in that apartment complex but there is a gaping wall there so there is bound to be a lot of clean up there t
several people had a hazmat scare in red wood city. janine de la vega has more on what happened there, good morning. >> reporter: everything is quiet at this moble home park but last night there was all sorts of people needing help after being exposed to fumes. people inside a moble home park on bay road set off a bug fogger used to kill fleece. they did not -- flees. they did not leave the home and when firefighters came they were exposed as well. they were sheltered in place and were taking in hazardous vapor. they were able to stop the fogger but eight people were taken to the hospital for treatment, three residents, three firefighters and two ambulance workers and we are told the first responders are okay but we don't know the condition of the people who actually live at this moble home park and we put in a call to find out but they have not gotten back to us yet. i went on the website and it clearly said if you are going to use this type of fogger you have to leave your home and shut all the windows and doors and clearly that did not happen here. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2
responding to a burglary call. janine de la vega has more. >> reporter: >> reporter: these people had moved in make a couple of months ago. police have confirmed that no one lived here and they let us come this house and what we saw was wall-to-wall marijuana plants. here's a look at what police found shortly after 3:00 a.m. 300 harvested marijuana plants in every room of the house. police initially responded because a neighbor called 911 saying it appeared the home was being burglar id -- burglarized. the people saw people loading property out of the house. people living nearby had no idea. >> it scares me. >> reporter: nobody suspected anything? >> nobody. >> reporter: >> reporter: police say the people responsible had even tampered with the wires of pg&e so the power company would not grow suspicious as to why so much power was going through the house. the fire department was called in for a short time because jugs of chemicals were found in the bathrooms and the fumes were overpowering for the officers. it determined those chemicals were fertilizers and firefighters keeped -- deemed it
a few hours ago. janine de la vega is on the scene and joins us from campbell. how does it look out there, janine? >> reporter: well, the fire is out here at this commercial building on del avenue. firefighters are still putting water on it. you can actually see the smoke still rising in the air coming from that building. now, originally we were told that the firefighters had not entered the building yet for safety precautions. let's go to some video. here you can see some flames shooting from the roof. we were told they were 50 feet up in the air at one point. firefighters were called to the scene just before 5:00 a.m. they immediately started to attack it from the outside. the fire then grew to three alarms. firefighters put up three aerial ladders to spray on the scene. >> we can see there's an engineering. in the back is where the fire was at. we're not sure what is inside, what type of businesses. >> reporter: one of the businesses is called mccalman engineering. the other we're told is a startup tech firm. it's unclear the extent of the damage. but in the last few minutes, i d
. >>> parents are shopping for christmas gifts from a large selection of donations. janine de la vega joins us from sacred heart in san jose where people are already waiting in line, jeanine? >> reporter: that is right, and i just checked the temperature, people are waiting in lawn chairs bundled up in blankets because they are waiting to get toys. we will take you inside to go through the process to get toys. they will walk through the parking lot and this giveaway does not start until 10:00 a.m. and everybody already has an appointment starting at 10:00 a.m. and 20 people will come in at that time, parents and they will be paired with a volunteer and you will come into the toy room. as you can see it looks very festive and they have toys broken down into different categories you can see, puzzles and games and all sorts of stuffed animals and dolls and of course one of the more popular items, the bikes and books as well. sacred heart community service said 10% more signed up to receive toys this year and they will be serving 690,000 children and they are talking about how christmas would have
cross. janine de la vega will have a live report coming up at 5:30. >>> time is 5:03. just about 16 hours from right now the u.s. economy will go over the fiscal cliff unless congress and the white house can work out a last minute deal. if there is no new budget deal by midnight tonight east coast time income tax rates will go up for all americans. coming up at 5:15 the two men leading the last minute negotiations. >>> the chp is trying to figure out what led up to a crash that killed a motorcycle rider in concord last night. it happened just before 6:30 on kicker pass road. the chp says no other cars were involved and it's unclear why the driver lost control. >>> three people are recovering after a crash after a car crashed into a concord funeral home. it happened yesterday afternoon at the we met brothers concord funeral chop ill on clayton road. it appears two teens were racing when they lost control and crashed their car into the building. the teens were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. a 66-year-old man who was inside the building has a broken leg. police interviewe
. ktvu janine de la vega is in palo alto to tell us the very latest on what police are saying about a suspect. janine. >> reporter: i spoke to a woman who worked nearby and knew about the attacks she said she feels uneasy because she works an early morning shift. that sand the same time the attacks happened. now the first incident happened in the 200 block of homer avenue just past 1:00 in the morning. a woman in her 30s was walking and listening to music with head phones on. when she resisted the -- 15 minutes later a woman in her 70s sleeping in an alcove was woken up by a man reaching in her pockets. officers say when she pushed him he hit her in the face, head, and chest repeatedly. woman who worked in the area say they are trying to stay aware when they are walking. >> i think you have to be really aware of your surroundings you know. they say that people get mugged. they are kind of daydreaming. i think you really have to watch your surroundings. not that i could overpower somebody. i think you really have to be careful and see what is around you. >> reporter: the twoics accid
closing time last night. ktvu janine de la vega is in san jose to tell us if the restaurants are expected to be open today. >> reporter: firefighters told us they think the restaurants should be able to open but they are unsure just how much water damage is in there from them extinguishing the fire. these restaurants are in a strip mall in the evergreen area just before 9:30 last night. people inside started noticing smoke inside. both restaurants were evacuated and firefighters arrived but it took them awhile to find the fire because the actual flames were in a crawl space in the attic of the strip mall. >> that is the only way to put a fire out is put a water on it. the crawl space being unsupported is hard to access and very dangerous. >> reporter: at one point the fire escalated to three alarms. it took them 40 minutes to knock it down. fire officials say it helped the building had sprinklers inside that helped it from spreading. they think the cause may be electrical because again the fire broke out near the electrical signs that you see actually out there in front of there. it was i
that person they will be facing serious charges. reporting live janine de la vega. >>> time is 6:05. sentencing today for a san francisco school cafeteria worker convicted of several sexual assaults. he was convicted of attacking three women in the mission district last year. one of them was beaten unconscious. he could get life in prison. the fifth suspect charged in an attack that left one man dead and a woman badly beaten is set to face a judge today. they were found bound and bagged in the middle of the street. the victims and the suspects knew each other. the final suspect is facing charges of accessory to murder and conspiracy to destroy evidence. >>> new this morning there is more fallout from the royal phone hoax. about a dozen workers at the australian radio station behind the prank call had been moved to safe houses. ten radio executives now have around the clock bodyguards because of death threats. meanwhile british investigators are disclosing more information about three suicide notes left by the nurse. two were found in the room while the other was among her persona
seems to be at least back to normal as well, janine de la vega ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> many people are getting a white christmas, they are trying to help keep the roads clear over the holiday break. [ technical difficulties, stand by ] >> we will all get home and we will have these awesome memories. >>> good attitude. more snow is expected in the sierra but if he need but if but if you need to, you can do so. >>> stores are more likely to be busy today. across the country we have a tiny percentage which they admit they may have to find someplace to wrap up their holiday week ken's. >>> the church is serving special christmas eve lunches. it starts in about two hours and prime rib is on the list today. more than 1,000 people are expected for both breakfast and lunch. >>> and for the curbside donation drive, they are collecting 500 hams to feed 400,000 people tomorrow. they are starting at 9:00 a.m. on golden gate avenue. >>> i can't imagine the work traffic too heavy but maybe the mall traffic, how is it looking out there. >> they are staying open 24 hours. i do want to poin
in again today, good morning janine de la vega. >> reporter: you can see the ground is actually still wet even though it did rain overnight but authorities are trying to protect the homes that are up against the creek. this is video from the concert vague crew -- conservation crews trying to protect the homes. the levee over flooded and caused a mandatory evacuation of several homes. you can see it is up on daphne way where there was bad water damage. this family was taking it all in stride. >> as long as we have something to eat, we cool, you hear me? >> city council say the emergency office came out to figure out how to temporarily fix the levee. the emergency work should hold up and permanent solution will not happen until next year. reporting live from east palo alto ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> and we have the other concern, the soil is saturated from all of the rain we received and today's rain may be too much to handle. amelia there are tosses of trees and this one fell over and the dam may spillover causing more mudslides. >>> in parts of pinehurst road, the area was blocked b
are looking for the suspects in a deadly home invasion in the south bay. ktvu's janine de la vega is in the north bay where it all happened with more. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning. it does appear that somebody is home here at the mansion where this homicide took place earlier this morning, we saw somebody turning the lights on and off. investigators spent the weekend trying to track down leads in finding this suspect. here's the man police are looking for. he's described as white or latino, between 23 to 24 years old, he's around 6'" -- 6 feet tall and skinny with black hair and dark eyes. investigators say that man and several others broke into this multi-million dollar home. when officers arrived, they found the house was ransackened and the body of a man. his wife was beaten. he's the owner of the historic mountain winery. he also owned -- owned western cell cue lar. it's unknown if they were targeted or if this was a random home of-invasion robbery. home-invasion robbery. police want anyone who might have information about the victim or if anyone recognizes
into an apartment building where small children were sleeping. janine de la vega has more in san jose to tell us how that family is doing. jeanine? >> reporter: i spoke to the father of the two-year-old little girl and in her bedroom the truck crashed into her room. the truck crashed into that chain link fence and into her bedroom. the driver of this truck was traveling eastbound on taylor when he veer flood a lane of oncoming traffic and crashed into the side of the apartments. his truck crashed into two bedrooms and here is a look at the damage. the truck first crashed into a room with an 8-year-old where 2- year-old girl was sleeping. >> i didn't see my baby in there and i saw her on the ground and she started crying and that's what i was really glad for, she was crying. >> we have a video we just took a short time ago, even after she was thrown on the floor and taken to the hospital, doctors say she is okay and the driver of the truck backed out of the building and tried to escape bus his truck broke down and police arrested him for hit-and- run. he is identified as joseph austin of san jose and
for the holidays. ktvu's janine de la vega shows us how parents who can't afford to buy gifts are now getting a chance toshop -- to shop. [ singing ] >> reporter: a festive atmosphere. these volunteers are taking parents into this toy room. some of the parents are unemployment. others are on a tight budget. they waited over night to beamong the first to pick -- be among the first to pick gifts. >> i want her to be happy. i am excited. i feel like a kid in a store. >> reporter: toys were sectioned off for boys boys and girls according to ages. >> it is a luxury and we want to make sure we bring the help -- help bring the joy into the holidays for families to celebrate together. >> reporter: some say their money is tight. >> my daughter wanted a back pack and my son didn't make a list. he just wanted something. didn't care. >> this is fine. >> reporter: she is grateful for these organizations. besides toys she was chosen to pick a bike for her son. >> when christmas comes they will be able to open up something. feels great. >> reporter: they are still short on presents for teens so they would a
they will be right back. >>> ktvu channel 2 morning news janine de la vega is in santa clara where retailers are hoping to boost their bottom line, good morning jeanine. >> reporter: we were just here at kohl's and we just saw the first customers go inside the store and if you take a look at the parking lot, it is still empty. kohl's is advertising a christmas blitz and sale. it is one of many retailers offering deep discounts and some are offering prices from #0 to 70%. they are expecting many to spend more than what is on their cards and holiday sales are a critical indicater of the economy's strengths. it shows sales two months before christmas were the weak test since 2008. it grew when analysts expected it to grow to 4% this year and stores will want to get rid of their unsold inventory. some retailers he are offering more inventory than in the stores plus free shipping. back out here live we will show you how traffic picks up and we will show you customers as they start filtering in. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> now that all the gifts are out from under the tree,
and janine de la vega is live at the scene now with what's happening with those businesses. janine? >> reporter: well, it's up in the air if these businesses are even going to open. there's no fire damage on the outside. but there's no electricity in this entire building. customers hoping to go in were turned away. >> i'm hoping it gets fixed right away. i would love to see it tomorrow. it needs to be open. >> for coffee? >> yeah. >> reporter: employees were sitting inside the restaurant in the dark with candles this morning. they have called managers for help. electrical workers who came to replace outside lighting on neighboring buildings were not able to fix the problem. the fire officials say they believe the cause was electrical because the origin of the fire was behind the electrical side on the outside of the building. back out here live again, it's unknown when the electricity is gonna turn on in this building. the two businesses don't open up until 10:00 a.m. we haven't seen any sign of managers or employees. so we're hoping to have an update later. janine de la vega, ktvu
where children were sleeping. ktvu's janine de la vega is in san jose and spoke to the children's father. good morning, janine. >> reporter: the father told me his family has not slept much but any are breathing a sigh of relief. their little girl was just brought home from the hospital. this is after a truck ran off the road. you can see where the tire marks are here and it ran off the road and plowed down a fence there and smashed into a bedroom. police say the driver of the truck traveling eastbound on taylor veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into an apartment at the villa apartments on 23rd street. now, here's a look at the damage inside. the truck crashed into a room where an 8-year-old boy was sleeping and then a room where a 2-year-old girl was screaming. >> my baby's mother has a lot of scars because of the glass. but fortunately, my baby was no hit with no glass or anything. so she doesn't have any really physical damage but she did hit the dresser really hard. >> reporter: this is 2-year-old nalia. she didn't have a scratch on her and is doing okay. police say the driver
of the year. janine de la vega is on the scene where a man was stabbed just hours ago. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. well, we know that witnesses are back at the police station getting interviewed. here on the scene, investigators are inside this photographry business called the agency here on oakland road. police say at 3:00 a.m. this morning, they received a 911 call from someone saying a man had been stabbed. they arrived and were told by witnesses that during a party a fight broke out and a man was stabbed once in the stomach. he was rushed to the hospital but died. police are still trying to figure out what the argument was about. >> we don't have any motive for the homicide. but we are actively investigation. we are investigating the incident this morning. >> reporter: police tell us the victim was 30 years old. he's not been identified because they are trying to get in touch with his family. now, we were told that by -- by one of the guests that this was a graduation party but that guest wouldn't tell us much more than that. we do know there was about 20 to 3
hydrant. ktvu channel 2 reporter janine de la vega is live on sandhill road with a look at the flooding and how traffic is being affected. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. well, actual iy, this intersection at sandhill and el camino just opened up about tree minutes ago -- three minutes ago. work crews were trying to work quickly to get this cleaned up because this road is used to get on 280. this whole area was flooded for the past five hours because a hydrant was shooting water into the air. here is a look at this guiser. officers say just before 1:00 a.m., the driver lost control and hit the fire hydrant and kept driving. police caught up with him and arrested him for suspected dui. it took several hours for public work crews to shut off the water because they had a hard time getting to the valve. >> at first, the guiser was about 50 feet high. it was a constant stream of water. it flooded the roadways where we stopped traffic going westbound and we had to block off eastbound traffic as well so the cars would not hydroplane or anything like that. >> reporter: th
on women near the downtown area. janine de la vega is in palo alto to tell us how the police are responding to this. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, dave. they are ramping up their efforts. both assaults and attempted robberies happened here in downtown palo alto. both of the victims are women. the latest attack happened here in the 300 block of university avenue on sunday morning a woman in her 70s was asleep in an alcove of a vacant business. when she woke up to a man reaching inside her pockets. she pushed him away but the man started punching her in the head, face, and chest and ran away. let's go to a map to show you where the other incident happened about 15 minutes prior. a woman in her 30s was walking on homer avenue and she was pushed to the ground from behind by a man who tried to take her purse. police say when she resisted the man punched her six to eight times in the face and ran away empty handed. the description of the suspect is the same. one of the victims identified him as being black. the other didn't get a good look at what race he was. because of the cl
has been released of one of the suspects. janine de la vega joins us live to let us know that the police are working extremely hard on this case. >> reporter: good afternoon. police are inside their operation center in the process of assembling a task force dedicated to this case. police say they've been going on little sleep because they've been working around the clock. flowers were left in front of this sprawling mansion, the home of the 66-year-old man, known as robbie to his family and friends. it's unknown why his house was the target of a home-invasion robbery early friday morning. >> i don't have any reason to believe it was something just driving down the street, a random attack. that said, we're trying to figure out why they would be targeted. >> reporter: police are looking for this man described as white or latino, 23 to 24 years old, 6 feet tall with a skinny build and dark hair and dark eyes. investigators say he and several others broke into the house, killed him and beat his ex-wife during a robbery. police say they are in the process of tracking down lead
janine de la vega. >>> software company founder john mcafee says he plans to seek asylum in guatemala after being named a person of interest in a murder case. he is wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor last month. he says he has nothing to do with it and fled because he fears persecution. police say he is not a suspect they just want to talk to him. >>> police in new york may be closing in on a suspect after a man was pushed in front of an on coming subway train and killed. the man being questioned has implicated himself in the attack. he was tarkenton custody yesterday. 58-year-old man was hit and killed. part of that confrontation was caught on cell phone video. >>> the new york post is being criticized for running a front page picture of the victim seconds before he was killed with the headline doomed. the photographer said he happens to be nearby and trying to warn the train operator by flashing his camera but it was too late. >>> a woman is recovering from minor injuries after being hit by a car inside a berkeley liquor store. a driver lost control of his car at 9
in the downtown area after two recent attacks. ktvu's janine de la vega is in palo alto to tell us why police think these incidents may be connected. >> reporter: good morning, tori. police say these incidents happened around the same time in the morning, in the same geographical location here in the downtown corridor around the suspect description is somewhat similar. people we spoke to heard about the incidents and say they are trying to be more aware of their surroundings. this first incident happened on sunday, after 1:00 in the morning on homer avenue. a woman was walking and listening to music with headphones on and she was jumped from behind and pushed to the ground by a man. he tried to take her purse. when she resisted, she was punched in the face six to eight times. the man ran away and then a woman in her 70s sleeping in front of a vacant business was opened up by a man reaching in her pocket. when she pushed her away, the man hit her in the face and he ran away. a woman realizes that she may look like a vulnerable target. >> in my case, the cane could come in handy. i guess i feel
. janine de la vega is back in san jose to tell us about the charges he's facing today that have nothing to do with her disappearance, right, janine? >> reporter: in the next two hours, antolin garcia-torres is expected to be here in superior court to enter a plea in the sierra lamar case. but in another case involving three other women, he will be arraigned. garcia-torres has been in jail since may when he was arrested for the missing teenager. her body has never been found. but her dna was found on -- but antolin garcia-torres's dna was found on her clothing and sierra's dna was found in his car. he is also facing three kidnapping charges stemming back to 2009. authorities say he's responsible for assaulting three women during attempted carjackings in the safeway parking lots in morgue be hill. in one of the incidents he's accused of using a stub gun. he used to be an employee at both safeways. he was 17 at the time those alleged crimes eye cheer -- occurred. but he's being tried as an adult now, sierra's parents are not expected to come to court today but their family, friends and sup
. police report a jump in burglaries over the past month. ktvu's janine de la vega is in morgan hill and you've been talking to neighbors. what do they say? >> reporter: well, they are telling me that they have heard about all of these burglaries in the area. the news is spreading fast belong the people who live here in this green leaf neighborhood near 101. you can see the person who owns this home actually chained their dear lawn -- their deer lawn ornament to the tree since it wouldn't be stolen. there's been 23 burglaries here. eight homes have been broken into during the day. they are taking electronics, jewelry. officers say those thieves are smashing windows and grabbing what they can. people we spoke to this morning are troubled by the news. >> it's very concerning because, you know, you feel that you might be in a safe neighborhood and especially when you have children that are in the neighborhood. you know, cars and christmastime and how this might affect, you know, people that we know and love in our neighborhood. >> reporter: we found these two cars with the engines runni
elementary, right next door. janine de la vega was the first reporter on the scene and joins us live with an update about the traffic situation there. >> reporter: the road just opened up within the past hour, because deputies did not find a bomb here at monta vista high school. at this hour they are following up on leads trying to track down who is responsible for making a threat against the teacher and the school. >>> from chopper 2 you can see deputies around monta vista high school and a bomb sniffing dog on campus, authorities say after 6:30 this morning a school official found graffiti on a wall. >> it was a specific threat here and the bomb was planted here. >> here is a picture circulating among students, it says i planted a bomb to kill and then it names the teacher. students say he teaches there and is disturbed. >> i was shocked. so shocked. he is a nice teacher, he doesn't deserve something like this to happen to him. >> kind of scary because you couldn't think they would have problems with bomb threats and things like that. >> the cordoned off two blocks around the schoo
found a body on quesada and jennings. that's where janine de la vega is. >> reporter: the fire happened behind the four plex. i just spoke to a neighbor who lives in this four plex and she explained how sad this was. a fire broke out and the firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. when they opened the door, they found a body inside. it's unclear what the person was doing inside but there were miscellaneous items in there, along with a bottle of alcohol. police are not calling this death a homicide. right now, the cause is undetermined. >> we've talked to the residents here and the owner of the storage unit. >> reporter: what are they saying? >> nothing suspicious was seen by the neighbors and we're looking into other possible issues. >> reporter: well, we saw this group of people that -- hugging earlier. they were looking very emotional. they told us that the ownern of the storage unit who lives here at the fourplex believes the person who died was his son. he said his son does have access to the unit even though he does not live there. but again, there's been no identification on t
in a creek that overflowed its banks. janine de la vega is live at the creek to show us some of the damage. >> reporter: well, we're right here on the border of palo alto and east palo alto. this is highway 101 and the creek flows right underneath it and the water was so high last night that it was flashing up over and onto the freeway. this is video of that same area of what it looked like last night. water was flooding on 101, north of the embarcadero. the highway patrol was helping motorists with traffic breaks. the creek crested at university avenue and woodland. the water spilled over and into the entrance of the four seasons hotel. fire officials say even though there was not massive damage, they remain worried about the creek. >> we need to work on these holes in this levy. can't leave it like this especially since we're early in the winter and this is the second significant storm and we were feeling the first one was gonna overbank and this time it did. >> reporter: residents who live near the creek were monitoring the levels and had sandbags ready. they were -- had 36 people who v
reporter janine de la vega will have a live report coming up at 5:30. >>> thousands of people are expected to head to san francisco for the annual new years eve fire works spectacular. the free show will start at midnight and last about 15 minutes. 250,000 people are expected to attend. officials are encouraging you to take public transportation. police will also be out in full force looking for people who are intoxicated in public. as people ring in the new year highway patrol officers will be cracking on drunk drivers as well. all available chp officers will be on duty tonight and tomorrow night. bay area police departments will be out in force. so far this year dui related deaths around the area is down. statewide nine deadly collisions were recorded. that is down from 12 from last year. >>> bart is extending its service. trains will run every 20 minutes with service until 3:00 a.m. to prevent overcrowding some streets will skip either montgomery street or downtown embarcadero. >>> muni is also increasing service and offering free rides in san francisco as well. buses and trains will be
granddaughter. ktvu's janine de la vega is in san jose and tells us the red cross is now helping others who were displaced by this fire. janine? >> reporter: yeah, those people are without a hole. up above me, you can see where all of the damage is from -- from the -- from where the fire happened. we're told by residents that the couple who lived there were lock-tie residents. their apartment is destroyed. the fire broke out late saturday night on bridge court par. 73 people were affected by the fire because of the smoke and water damage. the red cross is assisting the other residents who have been displaced. >> we provided blanket, comfort kits, we provided -- later on we provided hotel rooms and gave them a debit card so they could get some food and shelter. >> reporter: yesterday, families caback to the apartments to gather what they could but not everyone has been allowed to return. it could be a couple of mor days but the rid cross -- more days but the red cross tell us they are prepared to help those people. firefighters are looking through the rubble to figure out how this fire started. a
searching for the criminal's blamed for friday's deadly home invasion. ktvu janine de la vega is live with more on who the police are looking for and why there are still a lot of unanswered questions. janine. >> reporter: dave, police worked all weekend and they are following up on leads. they are continuing to do that. they analyzed all the evidence to help them track down a killer. now let's go to a sketch here of the man that police are looking for. he's described as a white or latino man between 23-24 years old. he's around six feet tall and skinny with black hair and dark eyes. investigators say this man and several others broke into this multimillion dollar home when officers arrived they found the house was ransacked and the body of 66-year-old koomra his wife was beaten but did not have any serious injuries. he is reportedly the former owner of the historic mountain winery. he also owned western cellular. so back out here live police want to make sure if you have any information about the victim or this man in the sketch who is being described as the suspect to please give pol
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